Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart, as working for the Lord.
— Colossians 3:23

As a career teacher, administrator and coach, I always loved the start of a new school year. It was an exciting time. Each new year brought fresh opportunities for growth and success to students, teachers, athletic teams and districts. No matter what last year was like, either good or bad, this new year can be better.

I think we are all glad a new year is here. 2020 was weird. 2021 can be better or worse. How do we make our new year better? One day at a time. One decision at a time. One extra rep in the weight room each day or one extra donut for breakfast. Ten more minutes a day working on your free throws, or fifteen more minutes a day watching TV. A great year is built one day at a time.

What makes the difference? We could name a few qualities that would be helpful. But I want us to think about just one today: passion.

As this new year starts, everyone wants it to be better. There is no trick in wanting a better year. The true question is how badly do we want it? How passionate are we about it? The difference between winning and losing teams, companies and individuals is often passion. A passionate focus is needed to move forward and get better.

As people of God, the Word calls us to have the same passion.

“Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul and mind.”
— Matthew 22:37

What about right now? What level of passion do you have — do I have — as we start this new year as children of the King?

As Christians, we have a high and holy calling. We are a part of the family of God. That should give us a passion today as we approach whatever our earthly tasks might be.

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all to the glory of God.
— Colossians 3:17